New Year’s Resolution: Take the Time to Restore Kids’ Lives

Published by — Do we leave problems to fester, or do we put in the effort, unpack the problem and come up with answers? A few years ago a kid we’ll call Leon transferred from a big urban district to the small, even poorer district where I consult on restorative practices.  As a 7th grader, Leon was smallContinue reading “New Year’s Resolution: Take the Time to Restore Kids’ Lives”

Teachers Must Be Mindful of Traumatized Children

Published by — Misbehavior may seem like a choice, like willful defiance.  But sometimes it’s a cry for help. Today we’re in the brightly painted library of an urban elementary school.  It’s the last day of professional development before the summer officially ends.  The faculty are still in shorts and sandals.  While they sigh over howContinue reading “Teachers Must Be Mindful of Traumatized Children”

5 Smart Ideas for Reducing the Effects of Kids’ Trauma

Published by — Kids will only care about how their behavior affects others when they feel cared for themselves. Out there — in schools, playgrounds, pediatricians’ offices, neighborhoods and summer camps — are traumatized kids.  Some have witnessed violence in the home, suffered the death of a parent or loved one, lost their home inContinue reading “5 Smart Ideas for Reducing the Effects of Kids’ Trauma”

Trauma and the Growing Number of Hard-to-Manage Kids

Published by — Kids with a significant history of trauma get a reputation for being bad kids, which only makes things worse. Today we’re at a training in Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Adolescents.  Hosted by Bradley Hospital, the oldest pediatric mental-health facility in the country, our teacher is Margaret Paccione-Dyszlewski, PhD.  The hostsContinue reading “Trauma and the Growing Number of Hard-to-Manage Kids”

Is Trauma the Root Cause of Major Misbehavior?

Pulbished by — Children endure several different types of trauma, and how we respond has an effect on how students behave in the short and long term. At a recent conference, nearly 600 attendees learned painful lessons about trauma’s effect on the young, developing brain. Dr. James Greer, psychiatrist and Clinical Professor at Brown MedicalContinue reading “Is Trauma the Root Cause of Major Misbehavior?”